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Project by jak5quat posted 775 days ago 2347 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this “The Stop Box”. Douglas Fir, Curly Maple (Bottom and Inner Lid), Hard Maple Hinge/Latch and Pins). Table Saw, Router (Table-Mounted), Drill Press, Spindle Sander, Ryoba Saw, #4 Smoothing Plane, A couple Chisels. Hand sanded, Wax-Free Shellac Sealer, 5 coats Wipe-On Poly, Rubbed out and waxed. Sold to the first person I casually showed it to. So I had to build another that I just finished. Slightly altered in that the hinge/latch assembly tapers down the sides and is Cherry instead of Maple. I have a gallery of shots I took as I built it at http://www.jefflindeman.com/galleries/octagon-box/

-- --Jeff - Whenever my dad would catch me wishin' instead of doin', he'd say, "Why don't you wish in one hand and *hit in the other and see which you get the most in!"





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 775 days ago

Very cool!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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jak5quat

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#2 posted 775 days ago

Thanks Hillbilly! It’s a funny thing where ideas come from. This came from a single picture and paragraph in some woodworking mag about how to glue up something with more than 4 sides by lining up the sides inside down, taping them and rolling them up – in this case, around the bottom piece. Being somewhat of a woodworking newbie, I thought that was pretty cool. A couple weeks later as I was kickin’ around in my local lumber store, I came across the piece of Douglas Fir and I could see the whole thing in my head. I bought the board and rushed home to get started! Thanks for looking and commenting!

-- --Jeff - Whenever my dad would catch me wishin' instead of doin', he'd say, "Why don't you wish in one hand and *hit in the other and see which you get the most in!"

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 775 days ago

Great job – the box looks really nice and I really like the “hold downs” for the lid.

It appears like you are keeping something in there from getting out. :-)

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 775 days ago

If you are a newbie, it certainly doesn’t show in this project. Nice job and the hinges/latch arevery nice.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 775 days ago

Jeff,

This is a wonderful box! I love the continuous straight grain of the fir along with the curly maple. The hinge and hold-down closure are over-the-top! Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs.

How big is the box?

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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BenI

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#6 posted 774 days ago

I love the look of this! Great job!

-- Ben from IL

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 774 days ago

Jeff,

I like the shape and details. I use that tape and roll technique on all my boxes regardless of number of sides. It is the only way to handle lots of small pieces. One of my favorite things about making boxes is that “ah-ha” moment when you get a mental image or vision about a box you want to build or that a particular piece of wood wants to become.

Jeff, I know this will sound a bit daft, but when you get one of these “visions” of a box…it is important for you to build it. If you build the dream then eventually you will get another insight and if you build that you will eventually get yet another. In my experience these insights are serial, and I get “stuck” if I don’t follow up on an “Ah-ha.” Well, I’m beginning to sound like the village idiot and will shut up now. Thanks for sharing your work and your ideas. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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vipond33

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#8 posted 774 days ago

If nothing else, and there is else, I’m fascinated by the shaping you did on the front catch. Remarkable project.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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spunwood

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#9 posted 774 days ago

Wow!

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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RogerBean

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#10 posted 774 days ago

Very nicely done. A wonderfully innovative piece, flawlessly implemented. Sort of a “mechanical ethic” combined with a creative box design. A unique and provocative style. My compliments.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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whit

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#11 posted 774 days ago

Beginner – uh huh. Hey folks, I think we have a ringer, here!

Nice job on the box, jak. I really like the hinge/latch.

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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jak5quat

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#12 posted 774 days ago

Wow! Thanks everybody! Didn’t think I’d get such a great response – and I made the Daily Top 3. Sweet!

KnotCurser:
It appears like you are keeping something in there from getting out. :-)

Well, with all these great compliments I might have to keep my Ego wrapped up in there! ;-)

lightweightladylefty:
How big is the box?

It’s about 6.5in in diameter and 6 inches high.

On the front catch/hinge assembly, that front piece was a little tricky and has to be done in order once you have it dimensioned. All on the router table. 1/2in roundover, end grain first, followed by the two box joints with a 1/4in spiral bit with a shop-made sliding box-joint jig sandwiched tightly between two 1/4in pieces of that dark brown high-density fiberboard. (if you do the box joints first the roundover will tear it apart). Lastly a 1/2in cove on the fence and stopped so you bring it down on the bit. In the second version that I just completed (because the first one sold TOO quickly – if there is such a thing)(quickie shot below), I used two stops and made a little “slide” to elongate the finger grooves and also brought the two outside edges down on a spindle sander to create a raised “button in the middle so you place your thumb on the button and raise the lid with index and middle fingers. then on box #2 I cut the piece shorter and tapered it with a little tapering jig on the table saw ( I don’t have a band saw (yet! ;-)) Oh, and the assembly is cherry in this version.

-- --Jeff - Whenever my dad would catch me wishin' instead of doin', he'd say, "Why don't you wish in one hand and *hit in the other and see which you get the most in!"

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 774 days ago

Fantastic craftsmanship and design. Thanks also for the link to your website where you posted step by step photos of this incredible build.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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NormG

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#14 posted 774 days ago

Wonderful job, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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